PHS shows strong at Bulldog Invite


RYAN HOLEC of Plymouth swims the 50-yard freestyle in a dual meet Dec. 19 against Kiel. Holec finished second. He swam on all three of the Panthers’ place-winning relays in Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational at Cedarburg. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley RYAN HOLEC of Plymouth swims the 50-yard freestyle in a dual meet Dec. 19 against Kiel. Holec finished second. He swam on all three of the Panthers’ place-winning relays in Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational at Cedarburg. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley CEDARBURG – The Plymouth boys swimming and diving team performed well in a strong field at Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational as the Panthers earned seventh.

PHS scored 125 points in the 16-team meet. Traditional power Shorewood won the title with 407½, followed by host Cedarburg at 379.

“We finished well. I was really happy with a seventhplace finish because we finished ahead of all our sectional competition in attendance,” said Panther head coach Clare Sedlacek.

“We were the secondhighest Division 2 school behind Whitefish Bay who is a perennial state team qualifi ____________ er.”

The Panthers were led by the 200-yard freestyle “A” relay team which placed fifth in 1 minute, 38.92 seconds. The relay included sophomores Ryan Holec and Chaz Halderson and seniors Brad Hetlet and Matt Matz.

Plymouth’s top individual finisher was sophomore Corby Gafney who took seventh in diving with a score of 262.85 points for 11 dives. Matz was the team’s best individual finisher in swimming with a 12th in the 50 freestyle in 25.10 seconds.

“While we only scored top-eight in three events [diving, and 200 and 400 freestyle relays], we had great results from a sophomore heavy roster as nine of our swimmers and divers were sophomores,” said Sedlacek.

“Our ‘B’ 200 free relay [Zach Gambrell, Jordan Marshall, Cole Henning and Brent Thiel] finished in eighth place with a great time of 1:42.97.

“It was a superb effort by all those guys to finish ahead of the ‘A’ relays from Brown Deer/University School [Milwaukee], Grafton, Kiel and Berlin/Green Lake. That swim showcases the great depth and awesome numbers we have with our team,” said the coach.

PHS will host Two Rivers and Sturgeon Bay in a triangular meet Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.

PLYMOUTH PLACE-WINNERS

Diving – 7. Corby Gafney, 262.85; 8. Evan Klemme, 262.25.

200 medley relay – 11. Jake Landry, Chaz Halderson, Peter Roth, Ryan Holec, 1:55.06; 13. Harrison Strutz, Mark Novak, Brent Thiel, Brad Hetlet, 1:57.20.

200 freestyle – 15. Zach Gambrell, 2:04.23.

200 individual medley – 15. Roth, 2:29.56.

50 freestyle – 12. Matt Matz, 25.10.

100 freestyle – 16. Ryan Holec, 55.20.

200 freestyle relay – 5. Holec, C. Halderson, Hetlet, Matz, 1:38.92; 9. Gambrell, Jordan Marshall, Cole Henning, Thiel, 1:42.97.

400 freestyle relay – 7. Holec, Gambrell, Hetlet, Matz, 3:42.75; 16. Thiel, Mitch Halderson, Ben Bachm__ ann, Roth, 3:59.69.


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